There is not a magic sauce to being a leader. What really matters is how your leadership impacts those who follow you.
To me, I subscribe to the following 4 rules to being a leader that I found are the most effective and fit my personality the best.
1. Leaders eat last- Simon Sinek has a great video on this (link here). Being a leader does not mean physically stepping in front of everyone and leading the people to the promise land. Leading is letting people talk and have a seat at the table where all ideas can be put forth. If a leader of an organization is holding a meeting and lays out their agenda first, then asks for opinions, the waters have been muddied and instead of getting real opinions and ideas you will just get people agreeing with you even if they do not think you have the right approach. Instead, a leader should open a meeting going around and asking the opinions of everyone first. This way, no one feels as though they have to side with the person in charge and as a leader, you get the full picture and can choose a path that is best for the company.
2. Be a resource manager- When I am meeting with my general manager at Bellies to Babies, I primarily ask what resources can I give for her to do a better job or solve X issue. I am not saying use this, use that, blah blah blah, I am asking questions on topics we need to discuss and asking what I can give to make that happen. Through this process the manager gets to really own the problems and the successes and is equipped with the right tools to do their job.
3. Show up and be present- Showing up is 80% of the job. Be as responsive as possible and be present when interacting with your team members.
4. Delegate and give ownership- You hate when someone is standing over your shoulder so instead of breathing down someone’s neck, let team members own their responsibilities. If they mess up, talk it out and let them swim to safety instead of throwing in a life vest right away.
Are these the magic bullets to leadership, yep, no questions asked. NOT. Everyone has their own leadership philosophies and what works for you and your team is the secret sauce.
Now go out there and lead it up!
Who is this guy?
Hi! I am Dan Canfield, a born marketer that thrives on pushing the boundaries in my industries. I am currently a business owner, consultant, and employee, so I have a diverse perspective in the business world. This site is an outlet for me to share what I have learned and give you a piece of my mind.